Board of Trustees Directory

Bud Acken

Tammy Lynn Outdoor, LLC, Manager

Todd Asbury

EVP/CFO/Secretary, New Peoples Bankshares, New Peoples Bank, and NPB Insurance Services


B.S., Business Administration, Bluefield College, '93
Virginia Bankers Association School of Bank Management, '98


Prior to his promotion to President and CEO in December 2014, Mr. Asbury served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Secretary, and Treasurer of New Peoples Bankshares and its subsidiaries. He joined the bank in December 2003. Mr. Asbury is also a licensed certified public accountant, since 1997, and has been in the banking and accounting field for 27 years.

A native of the Bluefield, Virginia area, Mr. Asbury also serves as Senior Pastor of Adoration Church of God in Bristol, Virginia, for the past 11 years. He and his wife, Melissa, a 1998 graduate of BC, and their four children reside in Bristol (VA).

David Bailey

Consultant and Lobbyist, David Bailey Associates


A.A., Bluefield College, Bluefield, Virginia
B.A., History & Speech, Carson-Newman College, Jefferson City, Tennessee
M.Div., Psychiatry & Religion, Union Theological Seminary, New York City
M.A., American Civilization, New York University, New York City
S.T.D., Pastoral Studies, San Francisco Theological Seminary, San Anselmo


David Bailey is president of David Bailey Associates, a full-service public relations, government affairs, and lobbying firm located immediately adjacent to the state capital in Richmond, Virginia. He publishes a quarterly magazine, Virginia Capitol Connections, as well as a legislative directory. Additionally, he hosts a weekly TV show, “This Week in Richmond,” where he interviews state legislators and administrators. Over the years he has been appointed by Governors and the General Assembly to serve on a wide variety of boards and commissions. He has also pastored a number of Virginia Baptist churches.

His service to his alma mater includes serving on the Board of Trustees since 2008, including service on the Advancement Committee and chairing the Committee on Trustees. He also chairs the Capturing the Imagination Campaign, is a member of the RAM Booster Club, and is a founding member of the RAM Football Booster Club. He has also served as president of the Bluefield College Alumni Association. He even taught American History during the 1966-67 academic year.

David and his wife, Judith, reside in Richmond. They have two grown daughters, Kristen and Lisa. David enjoys photography, writing, entertaining, and playing with grandchildren in his free time. He is also known for performing as Mark Twain.

John Beckett

Sr. VP & Trust Officer, First Century Bank


B.A., Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio
M.S., Radford University


John, a Bluefield, West Virginia native, currently serves as Senior Vice President and Executive Trust Officer at First Century Bank Inc. in Bluefield (WV). He holds a B.A. degree from Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio, and a M.S. degree from Radford University. He is also a graduate of the Southern Trust School, Campbell University, the National Graduate Trust School at Northwestern University, and the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at the University of Delaware.

John has participated in numerous civic activities including Rotary Club, Coaching Youth Sports, United Way, Chamber of Commerce, Sales Executives Club, Estate Planning Council, The Salvation Army, Foster Parenting, and previously served as a trustee at Bluefield College. John attends Christ Episcopal Church in Bluefield, having served as a member of the Vestry, Treasurer, and Senior Warden.

John is married to Becky, also a native of Bluefield, who retired from teaching after 43 years. She is a current trustee of Bluefield College and serves on the Executive Committee. They have been married for 46 years and are the parents of three adult sons.

Rebecca Beckett

Retired Teacher


B.A., Spanish and English, Colorado Women’s College
M.S., Secondary School Administration and Supervision, Radford University


Becky continues to serve Bluefield College on the Board of Trustees as did her father, mother, and husband before her.

In addition to the degrees listed above, Becky completed post-graduate work at Western Kentucky University and the University of Virginia.

She recently retired from teaching in public schools for 43 years. For seven years, she also taught Spanish at Bluefield College. Becky's experience includes tutoring Bluefield College students and teaching English as a Second Language to adults. She has served as a presenter at two SAACS conventions.

As a member of Christ Episcopal Church, Becky is a Daughter of the King, serves as a lay reader, and as a chalice bearer. She actively participates on the Altar Guild and is the Acolyte mistress for the church.

A native of Bluefield, West Virginia, Becky is married to her high school sweetheart, John. They have three adult sons: Preston, Keith (a BC grad), and Anthony.

She is an Honorary member of the Rotary Club of Bluefield (WV) and a Paul Harris Fellow and a benefactor of the Rotary Foundation. She has served as a spouse trainer at multiple Rotary Zone Institutes throughout the southeastern United States.

Becky enjoys reading, cooking, watching Duke basketball, and “cheering on” the Bluefield College Rams.

Thomas Brewster

Chairman of the Board; Deputy Superintendent, Pulaski Co. Schools


Bluefield College
Radford University
Virginia Tech


Thomas Brewster serves as Superintendent for Pulaski County Public Schools, where he previously served as the Deputy Superintendent of Schools. Brewster has been a teacher, principal, and university professor. He recently served on the Education Transition Team for Governor-Elect Terry McAuliffe, and was appointed by Governor McAuliffe to the Virginia Community College Board. Brewster had also been appointed by Governor Kaine to the Virginia State Board of Education in 2006. His term expired in January 2010. He has been involved in other notable education causes, including Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Virginia Career Education Foundation, Chairman of the Advisory Board for Adult Education and Literacy, Board of Directors for the National Association of State Boards of Education, President of the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind Education Foundation, Chair of the Board for Communities in Schools (CIS) of SWVA, member of the CIS of VA Board of Directors, and member of the Tazewell County Board of Supervisors. Brewster was born and raised in Virginia and educated in Virginia’s public schools and universities. He holds degrees from Bluefield College, Radford University, and completed his doctorate from Virginia Tech. Brewster currently resides in Falls Mills (VA), with his wife, Debra, and three daughters.

Joshua Cline

Assistant City Manager, City of Bluefield, WV


B.S. Business Administration; Bluefield College, 2009


Joshua Cline is a lifelong resident of southwestern Virginia and southern West Virginia. A graduate of Bluefield College in 2009, Josh was a member of Phi Beta Lambda and served as chapter president and president of the Virginia state chapter during his senior year. He was a member of the Omega Mu Kappa fraternity, a phone-a-thon caller, a member of the 2008 Spring Break Mission Trip to South Africa, a member of Bluefield Singers, a student representative for the 2009-2014 strategic plan, and is former Director of Alumni Relations and the Annual Fund at his alma mater. Today, Josh serves the city of Bluefield, West Virginia, as Assistant City Manager and works tirelessly on behalf of the citizens of Bluefield. He spends his free time volunteering, traveling, and hanging out with his wonderful wife, Peyton, and his dog, Marley.

Joshua Cornett

Asst. Principal, Staunton River High School


B.S., Mathematics, Bluefield College, Bluefield, Virginia
M.Ed., Educational Leadership, Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, Virginia
Ed.D., Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia


Josh Cornett is the principal of Staunton River High School in Bedford County, Virginia. He started his teaching career at Jefferson Forest High School in Bedford County, teaching Algebra. He was named the 2008 Jefferson Forest High School Teacher of the Year. Josh became an assistant principal in Bedford County in 2009, after serving as a teacher for six years.  He became Principal of Staunton River High School in April of 2015.

Josh is a 2003 graduate of Bluefield College. During his time at Bluefield, he played varsity baseball and served as a student ambassador, Student Union Board President, and Student Government President.

Josh married his college sweetheart, Heather, who is also a 2003 Bluefield College graduate. Josh and Heather have two sons, Porter and Penn. The Cornetts reside in Bedford County (VA). Josh completed the doctoral program at Virginia Tech in December of 2015. He enjoys watching the Baltimore Orioles, collecting autographs, and metal detecting.

Martha Dodd-Slippy

Real Estate Broker, Wilkie Real Estate


B.S., Organizational Management & Development, Bluefield College
Nationally Certified Surgical Technologist Lead Virginia, Norfolk Police Academy Medical College of Virginia, '08
ELC - Certified Meeting Facilitator, Virginia Tech
Computer Programmer, Electronic Computer Programming Institute
Federal Bureau of Investigation Citizen's Academy
Ace Retail Management Institute


Martha is an active real estate broker licensed in Virginia and North Carolina. She is involved in numerous organizations across the region and has earned multiple real estate designations. She and her husband, Tom Slippy (also a BC grad), have three step-daughters, five grandchildren, and a host of farm animals. Martha enjoys being an active rancher.

Patricia Douglas

Vice President and Bookkeeper, Douglas Equipment


B.S., Mathematics, West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia


Patricia Kelly Douglas was born in Wheeling, West Virginia. She attended W.V.U., where she graduated with a B.S. in Mathematics. She and her husband, Larry, moved to Bluefield (WV), and in 1976, they began their first business. With Larry as President, Patricia handles the financial side of their corporation. Today, they are known for Douglas Equipment, a national wholesaler of food service and restaurant equipment. They have a government bid and Internet presence, as well as regional installation and a service department.

Patricia enjoyed tennis as a player and as a high school coach. Now, she mentors high school students, travels, and entertains in her free time. The Douglass worship with friends through North Point Church Online in their home.

The Douglas family includes Lance and Emily Douglas, Kelly and Adam Johnson, and their five grandchildren.

Gordon Grimes

Private Financial Advisor, SunTrust Investment


Bluefield College, Bluefield, Virginia – Business Administration with Concentration in Management
Duke University, Durham, North Carolina – Certificate in Financial Planning
Securities Licensed – 7, 66, 24; Life, Disability and Long Term Care Insurance


Gordon Grimes is the Private Financial Advisor and Senior Vice President for SunTrust Private Wealth Management in Raleigh, North Carolina. Gordon instills his business philosophy into each client relationship – combining a superior client service ethic with an experienced team based approached to achieve our client’s goals. This team based approach gives our clients deep expertise in Retirement and Estate Planning, Investment Management, Trusts, Business Succession, Liquidity Management, and Banking and Insurance Solutions.

Gordon graduated from Bluefield College in 1994. He joined the board in 2012. Gordon shares a great family legacy with Bluefield College. He met his lovely wife, Lora Napier Grimes, during his time at Bluefield. His parents, Gordon Grimes Sr and Iva Roberts Grimes both attended Bluefield in the early 60’s and married shortly after graduating. In addition, Lora’s mother, Janie Sink Napier also graduated from Bluefield in the mid 1960’s.

Gordon and Lora have three wonderful children. Gordon’s other charitable interests include involvement with the Frances Lacy Foundation, former treasurer and board member for the Burning Coal Theatre, service as a Deacon and Sunday School teacher along with several other roles within Hayes Barton Baptist Church, YMCA’s Triangle Y-Guides and past chairman of the Parkinson’s Center of Raleigh.

Rod Hale

Consultant, Baptist Extension Board


A.A., Bluefield College
B.A., University of Richmond
M.Div., Southern Seminary

Michael Harris

Pharmacist, Walmart Pharmacy


B.A., Biology, Bluefield College, Bluefield, Virginia
Pharm.D., Doctor of Pharmacy, Shenandoah University, Winchester, Virginia


Michael Harris serves as Pharmacy Manager of Walmart Pharmacy in Bluefield (VA), and PRN Relief Pharmacist at Clinch Valley Medical Center in Richlands (VA). Michael has been a pharmacist for 13 years with experience in hospital, retail, compounding, and long-term care home infusion pharmacy. He has been a preceptor in the Experiential Pharmacy Practice Programs at Appalachia College of Pharmacy in Grundy (VA), Shenandoah University, and Medical College of Virginia in Richmond.

Michael's service to BC includes membership on the Board of Trustees and the Advancement and Facilities Committee. He is currently on the External Advisory Committee for the Bluefield College School of Nursing. Michael also served on the Alumni Board from 2010 to 2014, and is a founding member of the Bluefield College football program. In addition, he was an adjunct faculty member, teaching Introduction to Medicinal Chemistry in the Spring of 2007. Michael was the 2009 recipient of the Distinguished Young Alumnus of the Year Award.

He and his wife, Heather, reside in Bluefield. Heather is a physician assistant with Team Health, Princeton Community Hospital, and MedExpress Urgent Care. She also attended Bluefield College and proceeded to graduate from Liberty University (VA). Michael and Heather enjoy traveling, gardening, landscaping, watching sports, hiking, and biking. They also share a love for animals, especially their cat, Max. Both worship at Destiny Outreach Ministry in Springville (VA).

Bob Houck

Owner/Operator, Shirob Farm


A.S., Bluefield College, Bluefield, Virginia
B.S., Business Administration, VPI, Blacksburg, Virginia


Bob Houck is a beef farmer of a cow/calf operation. He worked primarily at Culpeper Coop and Farm Credit. He was a loan officer, branch manager, and Sr. Vice President of Finance and Administrative Service with Farm Credit. Bob is an active Ruritan member of the Lignum club and has been active on the district and national levels in Ruritan. He served as National Director, National Secretary, National Vice President, and was the 1987 National President. Bob also served as a trustee of the Ruritan National Foundation and as the 2007 President of the Foundation. He began serving on the Culpeper County School Board in 2009. He and his wife, Shirley, live in Culpeper, Virginia.

Sid Lanier

Retired Quality Assurance Analyst for Anheuser-Busch


Williamsburg Community Chapel
Williamsburg, Virginia

David Larimer

County Treasurer, Tazewell County

Chris Lawson

Secretary of the Board; Executive Pastor, Reynolda Church


B.A., Bluefield College, Bluefield, Virginia
M.Div., Wake Forest University School of Divinity, Winston Salem, North Carolina
M.A., American Religious Traditions, Wake Forest University
D.Min. (with Dissertation), Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California


Chris Lawson serves as the Executive Pastor of Reynolda Church, a growing multisite congregation, alive in the Spirit, contemporary in worship, and brimming with the good news of what God has done for us in Jesus Christ. Chris is particularly interested in how God leverages both the church and culture to make the name of His son known and renowned in the world.

Lawson graduated summa cum laude from Bluefield College in 2001. In addition, he holds a Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in American Religious History from Wake Forest University, where he received the Samuel & Sarah Wait Fellowship in Theology & Ministry and Wake Forest Graduate Fellowship, and a Doctorate of Ministry (with Dissertation) from Fuller Theological Seminary.

In addition to his local church ministry, Chris serves as the Chief Creative Officer of the non-profit organization The Essential Group: a group of creative thinkers who strive to provide essential resources and serves to empower churches in effectively reaching families through their students and training young leaders to change their world.

Chris and his beautiful wife, Merri, have three very extraordinary children, Adam, Ellie, and Zachary, and their delightful, twelve-pound puppy, Lucy! They reside in Winston Salem, North Carolina, where the sky is always Carolina Blue!

Brenda Long



A.S., Southwest Community College
B.S., Virginia Tech
M.S., Virginia Tech
Ed.D., Virginia Tech

Jack Marcom

Retired Pastor


Fredericksburg, Virginia

Sarah Reid

Middle School Coordinator, Office of Student Support Services


Bluefield College
B.A., Elementary Education, Virginia Tech
M.S., Special Education, Radford University


Sarah is Middle School Coordinator, Office of Student Support Services, for Spotsylvania County Schools. She works with middle school administrators and staff in supporting students with disabilities. Sarah has previous teaching experience in Giles, Carroll, and Mathews County Public Schools. She resides in Fredericksburg, Virginia, where she is active in her church, Wilderness Community Church, and also sings with the Voices of the Pops, a community chorus whose members perform with the Rappahannock Pops Orchestra. Sarah has three sons and three grandchildren.

Kenneth Russell

Vice-Chairman of the Board; CEO, Cottages Group, Inc.


University of Tennessee College of Law (with High Honors), '83
B.A., Political Science, Carson-Newman College (cum laude), '80


While a student at UT Law, Kenneth was an Assistant Editor of the Tennessee Law Review, Member of Order of the Coif, and received the American Jurisprudence Awards in Constitutional Law and Jurisprudence. He grew up in Rockwood (TN) and graduated from Rockwood High School in 1976.

He began his legal career in Atlanta, Georgia, and was a partner and practice group leader at Troutman Sanders, LLP before moving to Abingdon, Virginia, where he was a shareholder in the law firm of Penn, Stuart & Eskridge. Kenneth has held a number of jobs in industry, including CEO of Cottages Group, Inc.; VP of Corporate Affairs for Cumberland Resources Corporation; and General Counsel to GC Toys Worldwide and President of its U.S. operating company, General Creations, LLC.

Kenneth has served as an adjunct professor at Georgia State School of Law, teaching corporate reorganizations and tax procedure, and at Emory & Henry College, teaching business law. He is currently a visiting professor at the Appalachian School of Law, teaching courses in federal income tax and corporate governance and risk management.

Kenneth serves on the Board of Trustees and has been an officer of several charitable organizations. He resides in Abingdon and is a member of Abingdon Baptist Church, where he teaches Sunday school and serves on the Council of Deacons, including a stint as chairman.

Charlotte Sacre

Retired Dir. of Sales, Thompson & Litton


University of Georgia
Furman University
Virginia Tech
Protocol School of Washington


Charlotte is an active volunteer in her church, community, and Bluefield College projects and activities. She is a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, EPC of Bluefield, West Virginia.

Craig Stout

Sales/Sales Management, Lawson Products, Inc.


B.A., Marketing, Missouri Baptist University, St. Louis, Missouri
M.A., Christian Education, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky
Psychology, Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, Missouri


During his career, Craig has held pastoral roles in West Virginia, Missouri, and Kentucky Baptist churches. As a member of the Sales/Sales Management team at Lawson Products, Inc., he has accumulated several top sales honors and is a trainer for the company's regional and district projects.

Craig is also very active in the Princeton (WV) community and in the Baseball Chapel Ministry. He has been a conference leader and speaker for Baptist associations from Virgina and West Virginia to across the Midwest.

He is especially thankful for his wife, Jane, and their children, Cory, Molly, and Rob. In his spare time, Craig enjoys racquetball, golf, fishing, theatre, and traveling.

Bill Winfrey



First Baptist Church
Princeton, West Virginia

Jane Duremdes

Trustee Emerita

Keith Edwards

Trustee Emeritus

Dan Grabeel

Trustee Emeritus

Doug Hawks

Trustee Emeritus

Margaret Leonard

Trustee Emerita

Al Modena

Trustee Emeritus

Charles Nunn

Trustee Emeritus

David Skidmore

Trustee Emeritus

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